10 Things to Consider When Creating your Home Office
September 30, 2015
Creating a dedicated professional environment within your home may be becoming increasingly popular, with over 4.2 million people in the UK working from home, but it is something that needs careful consideration. The layout and design of your home office will affect your productivity every day, so it is important to take an expert approach.
Here are ten things to consider before committing to your office’s design:
1. Natural Light
It’s a good idea to situate your desk near a window to make the most of the daylight. This will not only brighten up your office space but will also help keep you feeling more focused and relaxed.
2. Your Seating Position
Once your desk is installed, your seating position will be a permanent office fixture. Therefore, it’s crucial that you take the time to find the perfect spot. Do you want to look out into the room, face the door for visitors or be able to gaze out of the window?
When we’re comfortable, we become more productive. Temperature and lighting are huge factors that can affect our moods, so you need to consider the position of radiators and windows for both practical and comfort purposes.
4. Professional Ambience
Will you be the only person using your office or do you expect frequent visitors? Would you like to personalise your space or opt for a clean, minimalist design? These questions will help you choose between a simple and functional space or one that’s designed to impress.
Technology is a must for every working day, but lots of gadgets can make your space feel cluttered. Make sure you designate a practical place for everything you need, including your printer, scanner and desktop computer.
6. Filing and Storage Solutions
After a long day’s work, the last thing you’ll want to be thinking about is tidying up your office. Built in cupboard space and cabinets not only allow for easy organisation but can help keep your office neat as well.
7. Sharing your Space
If you are sharing your home office then you will need to consider the needs of everyone using that space. Ensure there is adequate comfortable seating, plenty of desk space and storage solutions to suit all.
8. The Look and Feel
This is all down to your own personal tastes and professional requirements. Do you want a family friendly study or a traditional boardroom feel?
9. Traditional or Contemporary
Personalising your home office is hugely important. If you’re going to spend a lot of your time in one room, you need to enjoy being there. Think about the style you want, as well as the colour, character and finish of your furniture.
10. Part of your Home
Do you want a home study that beautifully blends into the style of your home or do you want one with a personality of its own?
If you have any questions or ideas about your own home office, or would like some input from a local Strachan designer, we’re always happy to help. Simply order a brochure or request a design consultation to start working from home in style.